We Wanna Be Friends With Alexander Massialas, San Francisco’s Silver Medal Fencer

Olympic Fencing Team in 2012 at 18-years-old, but he was the youngest male athlete from any sport on the team. The anchor of the U.S. Men’s Foil Team, Alexander led the squad to a silver medal at the 2013 Senior World Championships – the first medal ever for the U.S. Men’s Foil Team at the event.

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 makes it all but impossible for the country’s best fencers to compete in perpetuity. Or until their mid-30s. And it doesn’t take one of their fancy degrees to figure out why.

“It’s hard to keep competing at a pro level past a certain age,” Massialas said. “Especially once you’re out of college, don’t have a scholarship and actually have to find a place to live and all that kind of stuff.”

In neon-yellow sneakers, Massialas whizzed across the strip on Sunday, switching directions quicker any of his opponents. That dizzying movement had a demoralizing effect. It would be like a tennis veteran getting tired out by a younger player sprinting between the net and baseline—or, better yet, like a certain basketball player’s style.

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Anthony Rogers, photos sourced from Alexander’s Instagram — Are you rooting for the other Bay Area athletes in Rio? Let us know on Twitter!
We Wanna Be Friends With Alexander Massialas, San Francisco’s Silver Medal Fencer

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